Thursday, March 22, 2012



How many of us have seen the amazing Art-O-Motion lesson plan from Dick Blick (click here for a link).  Well I finally took it on.  I had all the supplies: spools, wooden dowels, pony beads, pipe cleaners, CD, cord and so on.  I have it all... just had to get enough guts to do it.  


Here it is, and how I addressed it for a class of 35 +.  We did a CD weaving for one of the 'gears', a scratch art reduction drawing, and a Mandala for the last.  Wonderful tutorial on CD weavings by Make it... a Wonderful Life (click here).  For those of you who don't know what scratch art is, please click here.  Finally, I learned a great way to teach Mandala's via this video on YouTube (click here).  

The black boards are plastic sheets that must have been donated before I moved into this room.  I went down to my local shop teacher and asked him to help me drill three holes for the gears, and some holes for the cord.  Sometimes it's very nice to be married to the Tech Ed teacher in your school.  I know he loves having a Honeydew list at home and work too:)

We followed the construction from the video.  I had a table set up with all the supplies and a little note of what they needed.  I had three stations for hot glue guns and I'm happy to report no burns from the day.

The final step was how to display.  I have two works of art taped together at the top to form a 'A' frame.  I have a smaller plastic piece at the bottom to support the 'A' frame.  We placed them out on tables for conferences and asked people to try out the gears.  They were a HIT.  I'm so glad I gave it a try.  I would recommend it to anyone.  


  1. Nic -

    Thanks for the tip on the mandala video - love it! Your art-o-motion device looks fabulous.


  2. Wow! I love how you used the CD weaving as part of these! Thanks for linking back to my blog too. (And I hope everyone enjoyed making them as much as we did!)